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"Felicity" means happiness, while Zweig is German for "stick" or "branch."
still not a real player
resembling Hamlet's girlfriend — see Hamlet IV.v
This is a form of natural language semantics.
wildly expensive hdcover
It's a real book and the hardcover goes for $105.85. It has been issued in softcover for $29. The publication information is either wrong or varies.
public limited company
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about 32.8 feet
1. The starched front of a shirt.
2. A large pad worn by a fencer to protect the chest.
3. The part of a tortoise's shell that covers the underside.
a patch of hair standing on end
a pennant or flag or banner
hard studying, cramming
knowing without having been told
A manufacturer of inexpensive ball-point pens. Probably blue, here.
This is a town close to Québec City; Pamphile is St. Pamphilus.
talking in a rambling, foolish way
769 · Mario and Hal at Night
"Thank you Sir may I have another"
a line from Animal House
a smooth transition from one thing to another
not having yielded or submitted
Pangloss is a character in Voltaire's Candide, who is wont to say "in the best of all possible worlds."
in a manner of one who is lying
ornate or florid in speech
in a manner using few words
Eve Arden (1908-1990) was an American actress.
774 · Marathe and Kate G. Talk
the AA handbook
Switzerland does not have provinces; it has cantons.
Swiss metal helmets
Kate is probably thinking "Swedish" as in a Viking's helmet.
He probably means schuss, i.e., skiing.
recurrence of stenosis, i.e., narrowing of blood vessels
French: Boy! (used in reference to the waiter)
m'épouse au future
French: future spouse
misspelling of "Jarvik"
She may be using this particular epithet to mean "one who has holes in his head," à la Swiss cheese.
I voot make ze hreply zat
i.e., I would make the reply that — Kate making fun of Marathe's accent
782 · Hal and Mario Continued
i.e., a strong-smelling brand of soap
conventional wisdom telling that eating such bagels would cause one to test positive for opiates
to sniff as in trying to detect something
they clear the system very quickly
a brand of steak knives, once sold on late-night television commercials
Read about this here.
a perfect score
since Infinite Jest was published in 1996, it is safe to assume Wallace means a score of 1600, which was a perfect score at the time of Infinite Jest's publishing - a perfect score on the SAT is now a 2400, since the addition of a Writing Test on top of the original Math and Verbal sections.
i.e., pours over books, reads them carefully